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LEADERSHIP IS A PROCESS OF SOCIAL INFLUENCE, WHICH MAXIMISES THE EFFORTS OF OTHERS TOWARDS THE ACHIEVEMENT OF A SHARED GOAL.
Saturday, September 05, 2009
Ric Charlesworth is a sports and performance consultant and a former Australian cricketer and Olympic gold medal winning field hockey player and coach. Born in Western Australia, he is a Doctor of Medicine. Between 1983 and 1993 he was a Member of the Australian Parliament.
Team Great Britain put the rest of the world to shame when they took seven of the ten gold medals on offer in the Beijing Olympic track cycling events. How did this nation, not traditionally a cycling powerhouse, get to this point? This article explains how leadership played its role.
With careful reflection, there are things that can be learned from any team that has a great track record and performance. Here are some valuable take-aways from Sir Alex Ferguson and Manchester United:
- Embrace change
- Make the effort to develop talent
- Create a culture for winning
- Gain respect, not fear
- Delegate and observe
- Analyse defeat in order to improve
- Be decisive and stand your ground
- Remember small things, like names
- Take care of yoursel
- Make all staff feel part of the team
Each college basketball season draws millions of Americans into a compelling drama that culminates in March Madness. At the center of the drama are the coaches striving for a championship season. Pat Summitt and Mike Krzyzewski are both expected to field highly competitive teams year after year. Retired icons, such as Dean Smith and John Wooden, are remembered for their lifetime achievements in winning championships. Each of these coaches has written books describing how they apply their craft as leaders of student-athletes.
Emerging leaders in all fields can reflect on the ideas and instructive examples in these books to develop their own philosophy of practice. People interested in leadership are intrigued by two basic questions: How do these great coaches amass winning records year after year? What does their leadership philosophy teach us about how to build high-performing teams?